Three UTHSCT physicians and UTHSCT social worker gain distinction in their fields

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Three physicians and a social worker at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently achieved distinction in their fields. They are Timothy C. Allen, MD; Jeffrey Levin, MD; Ralph J. Turner, MD; and Carol Henson, a registered nurse and licensed baccalaureate social worker.

Dr. Allen, professor of pathology and chairman of the UTHSCT Department of Pathology, was elected president-elect of The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council for the 2010-2011 academic year.

He will then serve as president during the 2011-2012 academic year and as immediate past-president for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The council consists of members from each of the six health institutions and nine universities in The University of Texas System.

The council makes recommendations about faculty issues to the UT System Board of Regents, as well as providing leadership for UT System faculty development.

Dr. Allen, one of about 100 pulmonary pathologists in the world, has edited, authored, or co-authored numerous books and scientific journal articles, and has spoken nationally and internationally about malignant and non-malignant lung diseases.

He served a fellowship in pulmonary pathology at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, where he also received his MD degree and served his residency.

In addition to his expertise in the field of lung pathology, Dr. Allen holds a doctor of jurisprudence with honors from the University of Chicago Law School and is a member of the Texas State Bar.

Dr. Levin, professor and chairman of UTHSCT’s Department of Occupational Health Sciences, has been elected to membership in Delta Omega, the national honor society in public health.

He was elected by the Beta Gamma Chapter at the University of Kentucky, where he received his master’s degree in public health.

Each year, individual chapters elect student, faculty, alumni, and honorary members to the national society, which was founded in 1924. To be elected, alumni members such as Dr. Levin must have made significant contributions to public health.

Dr. Turner, a gynecologist in UTHSCT’s Women’s Wellness Center, has successfully met the criteria and has passed the exam required by the North American Menopause Society to become a NAMS-certified menopause practitioner. He is currently the only physician in Northeast Texas to have achieved this certification.

Dr. Turner is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a certified physician executive of the American College of Physician Executives.

NAMS, founded in 1989, is the continent’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and quality of life through an understanding of menopause.

Ms. Henson, UTHSCT’s director of case management, recently was appointed to the Tyler Health and Human Services Medicaid and CHIP Regional Advisory Committee.

The committee, which has members from throughout Northeast Texas, meets four times a year to discuss the operation of Medicaid and CHIP – the children’s health insurance program – and provide recommendations to the health and human services commission.

At UTHSCT, Ms. Henson works to ensure that patients receive appropriate care while in the hospital and that they are referred to the resources they need when they are discharged.

She is a certified case manager and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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